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Florida Citrus Parade 2018

A celebration of fruits and sports

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New Year's Eve in Florida means an abundance of oranges, lemons and grapefruits. To celebrate the harvest, the Florida Citrus Parade is held every year in Orlando during the last week of December. The parade is also meant to mark two annual football bowl games: the Camping World Bowl and the Citrus Bowl.

Founded back in 1980, the parade was once called the Florida Power (Progress Energy) Super Holiday Parade, the Orlando Citrus Parade, and the Fresh From Florida Parade. With over 50,000 spectators and participants, it is often broadcasted on TV on New Year's Day.

The parade includes high school and college marching bands, Disney cartoon characters, local and national celebrities. The biggest attraction though are the huge citrus floats decorated with fruits—oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and lemons. These floats are made by more than 600 volunteers over four days.

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